Jakarta: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres will on Wednesday launch the #PledgetoPause campaign as part of wider efforts to create what the UN hopes will be “a new social media norm” to help combat the impact of viral misinformation.
The campaign is based on research which indicates that taking a brief pause before sharing information can significantly lessen the inclination to share shocking or emotive material and slow the spread of misinformation.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, the wrong information can be deadly. Take the pledge to pause and help stop the spread of misinformation”, the UN chief said in a video message recorded for the campaign.
The message, which begins with a five-second pause, will be shared on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and is designed to be replicated by other leaders, influencers and members of the public.
#PledgetoPause aims to increase media literacy so that social media users can spot misinformation and stop themselves from passing it on.
The new campaign is part of Verified, a UN initiative launched in May to share science-backed health information and stories of global solidarity around covid-19.
The UN describes it as the first global behaviour-change campaign on misinformation, to mobilise experts and researchers, governments, influencers, civil society, businesses, regulators and the media, under a single message: #PledgetoPause.